2011 Winter Issue 1 (January 14, 2011)
The Carleton men’s basketball team is off to an admirable start. After dropping their first three games, two of them ambitious match-ups with Division-II squads in Hawaii, the Knights have returned home and elevated their play for the conference season. After Wednesday nights’ 60-56 grinder against Bethel, Carleton stands second in the MIAC standings at 6-1 (7-5 overall). Be sure to head to West Gym on Monday when the Knights welcome the up-and-coming Macalester Scots to town for a 7:30 p.m. contest.
Success has yet to reach the present for the Knights, as Carleton has struggled in conference play, losing six straight after starting the season 3-2. At 2-6 (3-8 overall), the Knights are tied for ninth in the MIAC standings. The schedule will soften for the Knights on Saturday when they head to St. Peter to take on Gustavus (5-7, 4-5 MIAC). The next home action for Carleton comes on Wednesday against Hamline, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at West Gym.
Looking ahead in the season, the men’s and women’s swim teams have a doubleheader this weekend, starting with their first of two home meets at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 14 at the Thorpe Pool in West Gym against Gustavus Adolphus College. The Knights chase this competition with an all day invitational meet against Saint John’s and Saint Benedict in Collegeville.
It’s track season now, but as of last issue, the long distance runners were just putting the finishing touches on their cross-country season, preparing to run at the regional competition and working to earn a bid to the national meet. The team placed fifth in the competitive field and just missed a bid to the nationals.
In the wake of a 2010 season that saw the Carleton soccer teams remain near the top of the MIAC, the accolades have been arriving in droves recently.
The Carleton men’s cross country team ended its season by placing 12th out of 26 teams at the NCAA Central Region Meet on November 13, 2010. The Knights improved one place from last year’s 13th place Regionals finish. It was a particularly impressive achievement for the Knights as they were without their top returning runner from last year, John Davis ’11.